15 January 2012
Talented young Indigenous Australians will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be coached by a former world number one tennis player Evonne Goolagong at an upcoming camp.
The Evonne Goolagong National Development Camp encourages participants to play competitive tennis at a top level while assisting them to work effectively with their communities.
Now in its eighth year, the camp brings together a squad of 20 talented players, aged between 10 and 21 from around Australia.
While learning from Australian tennis legend Evonne Goolagong, participants will be able to build their athletic and leadership skills while organisers are able to identify individuals with the potential to compete at a professional level.
Martin Doulton, Director of Monash Sport, said those who take part in the camp will get a taste of the physical, mental and emotional conditions of being a professional tennis player.
“Sport plays an important role in providing fantastic role models – like Evonne Goolagong – who show that through hard work you can realise your full potential,” Mr Doulton said.
“Monash University is pleased to sponsor the camp for a second year running and we welcome this new group of up and coming tennis stars.”
Monash University is a supporting sponsor of the development camp and will provide the young players with access to sporting facilities and elite-level testing programs through Monash Sport and accommodation through Monash Residential Services (MRS).
Graduates from the camp have achieved great success, with four playing on the pro-tour and one achieving a Women’s Tennis Association ranking. Additionally, a number of graduates have become accredited coaches, while others are undertaking tertiary study.
“This camp will showcase important elements of Monash University’s campus life which we hope participants will come back and enjoy as students of Monash in the future,” Mr Doulton said.
The Evonne Goolagong National Development Camp runs from 15-21 January to coincide with the Australian Open.